Sunday, September 5, 2010

Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are back in the grocery stores!

I start craving caramel apples about this time of year. You can buy them in grocery stores and candy stores but they are really easy to make. You can use any kind of apple. You need apples, a package of caramels, sticks, and milk. Using the microwave oven is the easiest way to make them.

Wash and Skewer 6 apples with a wooden Popsicle stick and chill overnight in the refrigerator or place in the freezer for a couple of hours before coating.
Place caramels and 2 tablespoons of milk in a deep narrow glass bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir until smooth. Dip apples. Twirl to coat. You can use a knife to spread the melted caramels more evenly. Reheat caramel mixture in the microwave if it starts to harden. Place on cookie sheet covered with buttered wax paper. Cool in the refrigerator (334 calories per apple).

The apples can be refrigerated and double dipped in more caramel or melted chocolate and then rolled in candies, nuts, mini marshmallows, or cookie pieces. You can drizzle them with melted chocolate, white chocolate or melted butterscotch pieces.

You can really have some fun with caramel apples! Fancy caramel apples can be sold at bakesales, bazaars, and flea markets and used as decorations and gifts.

For more ideas on decorating apples check out Amy’s Gourmet Apples - an awesome online store featuring dozens of kinds of decorated caramel apples. http://www.amyscandykitchen.com/page.cfm/164#Caramel Apples.

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